Industry News: Life behind bars for hack attacks on cars

vwgolfATdashHacking car systems will mean life in jail for those who get busted in Michigan.

Following the FBI’s public service announcement warning people about risks of hacking into car software systems, the Michigan state senate is taking it seriously.

Car hacking will become a high-end offence like murder one or rape in the state – carrying a life sentence – if either or two bills before the senate are passed. Continue reading “Life behind bars for hack attacks on cars” »

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Industry News: Nissan recalls 4m cars

nissanaltimaNissan North America has said that 3.2 million cars are being called in with major safety problems where airbags or seat belts could fail in a crash.

A front seat sensor has proven to be defective – and is it detects whether a passenger is an adult or child, even if there’s a passenger there at all. It may mistake an adult for a child, or the seat as empty, and turn airbags off completely

The recall applies to US-sold 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima, 2013-2016 Nissan Altima, NV200, LEAF and Sentra, 2013-2017 Nissan Pathfinder, 2014-2016 Nissan NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60 and Q50, 2014-2017 Nissan Rogue, 2015-2016 Nissan Murano, Chevrolet City Express and 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles. Continue reading “Nissan recalls 4m cars” »

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Industry News: Report reveals realities of tourist road toll

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A new report gets to the truth about overseas drivers on our roads – and it seems we’ve got a bit wrong.

Associate transport minister Craig Foss has released an in-depth analysis of overseas drivers’ crash record on our roads for the past 15 years

“Overseas licence holders, including short-term visitors, crash for the same reasons as New Zealand drivers,” said Foss Continue reading “Report reveals realities of tourist road toll” »

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Industry News: Safety first

FireShot Screen Capture #103 - 'Safety first I Autotalk' - autotalk_co_nz__p=31333&preview=trueWork safety is a subject that can make grown men cry.

In the interests of helping its members understand the new Health and Safety at Work Act, the IMVIA has recommended that everyone watch the presentation embedded below on health and safety, presented by Worksafe NZ CEO Gordon MacDonald.

Don’t run – while in the past the complexities of rules and regulations, often contradicting each other, could be draining to comprehend – and horrendous to try and apply to the workplace. Continue reading “Safety first” »

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Industry News: Baby Bimmer gets big long legs

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BMW’s stylish little i3 electric city car will get half as much range again under new specs.

The i3s with long-anticipated range improvements will be rolling on Euro streets within three months.

Theoretically, the new battery will join the current Li-ion one – although BMW is yet to categorically say either way. Continue reading “Baby Bimmer gets big long legs” »

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Industry News: Uninsured freeloaders still skirt fire levy

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Drivers that rely on ‘third party, fire and theft’ insurance policies will be paying more from mid-2017, but the AA isn’t convinced.

Rural and urban fire brigades will be merged into one organisation, with a $303m change into a single entity to be completed over the next four years, internal affairs minister Peter Dunne has announced.

Dunne said the fire levy, collected from vehicle, property and contents insurance will fund the new organisation, called Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Continue reading “Uninsured freeloaders still skirt fire levy” »

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Industry News: Z Energy set to buy Caltex, Challenge

energyZ Energy has been given the go-ahead to buy Caltex and Challenge petrol stations – but it needs to sell some sites to stay on the right side of the Commerce Commission.

The watchdog ruled in a split decision that the $785m deal could go through, but 19 retail sites and a truck stop must be sold first.

It admitted that it gave Z Energy a 49% share of the retail fuel market by allowing it to purchase the ‘downstream’ assets from America’s massive Chevron. Continue reading “Z Energy set to buy Caltex, Challenge” »

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Industry News: Trucks, SUVs double Ford’s net income

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Global truck love and the unstoppable SUV have seen Ford Motor Co’s net income for the first quarter more than double.

An all-time record was set with its pre-tax profit for the quarter US$3.8bn, prompting chief financial officer Bob Shanks to dryly comment: “Essentially, everything has improved.”

Worldwide sales rose 10% to 1.7 million vehicles for the quarter, with the F-150 pick-up and frugal EcoSport models singled out as the star performers. Continue reading “Trucks, SUVs double Ford’s net income” »

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